iWork Productivity Apps go Universal, Available for iPhone now
Those still confined to the smaller screen-space of an iPhone can now enjoy all the benefits of having the iWork suite on an iOS device. Apple has slipped their productivity software into the iPhone App Store, as the previously iPad-exclusive software have received an update making it universal.
I guess this is good and bad news. On the one hand, as long as you have your phone on you, you’ll never get stuck in a situation where a very competent word processor like Pages is out of reach (not to mention the spreadsheet and presentation offerings of Numbers and Keynote )… But on the other hand, now we have no excuse not to be making progress on our projects at all time–as iWork is now even more portable than when the whole thing was tucked on our iPads.
There are no surprises when it comes to price. Each package is still available for about ten bucks a piece (with the Keynote Remote still selling separately for 99 cents, fyi). Those with any of the iWork products on their iPads can simply download the update and copy the universal app onto the iPhone… This news is exciting and long awaited, but let’s not ignore that fact that it still might not be optimal to attempt to produce masterful documents/presentations on such a small screen. We’ll be anxiously awaiting the first reviews to roll in, as everyone discovers what kind of job Apple did in altering the iPad software for iPhone. The screenshots look good, but the real test will be when you’re ten minutes from work and remember that you have a presentation due upon arrival. Then we’ll see just how productive your iPhone can be.
Making the iWork apps universal to work with both the iPhone and iPad give Apple’s premium productivity apps an edge over the competing office apps such as QuickOffice. We now have another great reason to go with iWork Suite for the iOS instead of the competition.